Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1335 posts, RR: 3 Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7635 times:
This segment of our trip began after the conclusion of visiting my wife's family in CT, NJ, NY and NYC, SC friends in PA, NC. In short like my wife said it felt like a tour of the East Coast kinda like a being in a rock band. It felt good to be back in the area after 1 1/2 yrs removed from living in MD.
The night before our flight from DCA we had to drive from a family friends house in Fayettville, NC after visiting her to our Best Western hotel in Oxon Hill, MD. We lived in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. We finally arrived at the hotel about 0100-0130. We needed to depart at 0600 for Enterprise to drop off our rental car in Crystal City near the airport. BTW I had to go back to the hotel to check for my wallet after we had already checked out in the morning(thank god we were only a mile away when I realized this). The fatigue had taken it's toll along with the constant driving, flying etc...
Finally after finding my wallet in the room we made our way to the Beltway and south over Woodrow Wilson Bridge only to enter the beginnings of rush hour (Thankfully it only took 30 mins to get to the exit for highway 1) to Crystal City vice the normal 45 mins- 1hr.
Finally we made it to Enterprise dropped off our rental and then were shuttled to DCA which made everything convenient and we could finally relax.
When we had finally arrived at the terminal everything was good no delays or anything. However once checking at the ticket counter we proceeded to the TSA Check-In luggage drop off area where there was only one screener working the area, we then dropped off our 2 bags for Check-In and proceeded to security check point and only took 5 mins to get thru. Everything was uneventful for the rest of the day. I wasn't expecting much more than a small snack or chips being on the short flight, although the airport restaurant snack bar had a good choice of healthy foods so I bought a Yoghurt with granola before boarding the MD-88.
DCA has a very cool looking terminal
Date: Tue July 25, 2007
Flight: DL 419
Registration: Not able to see
Load Factor: 98%
Departure Gate DCA: Gate 19
Arrival Gate ATL: (Concourse B)
Washington Monument & Lincoln Memorial in the distance
Takeoff looking down over the Potomac River
I-495 Beltway by Oxon Hill, MD
I-495 Beltway & I-95 Interchange in VA (major construction)
Inflight snack for this short flight
Lake Lanier, GA
Lake Lanier, GA
Initial descent in to ATL
Great view of ATL airport
Beautiful Downtown Atlanta
Arrival at our gate Concourse B in ATL.
SUMMARY OF THIS FLIGHT-
We took off without delays and received a breakfast snack choice with beverage for this 1hr 47 min flight it was sufficient. The verdict on this flight not much to report with the short flight. I think the FA's were doing a great job overall.
A pax sitting in front of me told me you usually dont get all these clear picture shot opportunities on descent in to the Atlanta area he was also snapping a lot of shots as well.
UPON REACHING ATL-
We had a 3 hour layover from time of deboard approximately so I decided to eat lunch at Chili's restaurant upstairs in Terminal A We traversed on the underground train from Terminal B to get to Terminal A really easy it was like a 1-2 min ride. Upon finishing our lunch we then proceeded to Gate A10. However our flight wasn't there yet. We still had a good hour-hour and a half til actual boarding. So my wife and daughter kept themselves entertained while I managed to wander around Terminal A for a bit before embarking on our cross country journey.
Pre-Boarding was smooth and everything was again uneventful we managed to take off only a few mins late.
Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1335 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7570 times:
Hollywood Park Race Track
China Airlines 744 rolling down runway as we are about to land
China Airlines 744 beginning takeoff roll
Tom Bradley Int'l terminal
Arrival at our gate in LAX (Notice the large amount of remoldling/construction on the Restraunt middle right)
SUMMARY OF THIS FLIGHT-
Flying on the 764 was pretty impressive. I had more room than on the 752 SLC-DCA flight and was really comfortable. My daughter was seated next to me in 18F whilst my wife had seat 19G right behind me because of the 2-3-2 seat configuration we couldn't sit 3 abreast unless we grabbed middle of the plane seats I prefer window seats though. My wife also informed me upon completion of this flight that the young lady who had 19F next to her thought told my wife that she had the window seat. Since my wife is a nice person she is let the young lady have the window seat The lady was really dumb and doesn't know that G comes after F. However I doubt it she probably was insistent on getting the window seat.
FA'S AND SERVICE-
The FA's on this flight were really attentive to pax and weren't old and crabby like some UA FA's I have experienced. FYI we received the DL cheese and crackers snack pack again, and one other chips and beverage service 1-1 hr 15 mins away from landing. Of course I wasn't expecting much on domestic flights. What I have noticed is that DL give the cheese and cracker box for flights 4 hrs or more, and anything less than 4 hrs is a choice of 5 small snacks (chips, cookies, cheese and crackers etc...)
On UA they dont even give snack service on the flights (only beverages). Only on TED they handed out snacks and beverages on the DEN-RNO flight (pretty sad if you ask me).
The FA's on this flight were also working the LAX-HNL portion of this flight to my knowledge which departed about 1800 about the same time as my LAX-RNO flight. The only complaints on this flight was that the A/C was blowing way too cold, and the headphones I purchased for $2.00 only worked in mono (one-side) whereas the Song 752 SLC-DCA worked in stereo (Guess you get what you pay for).
The Inflight movie was (The Last Mimzy), they also ran an episode of The Office after the movie as we were starting to descend in to LA.
I like the FA's new look uniforms they're very nice and refreshing. I also noticed all the seats on 5 different DL aircraft were all leather. The only seats that seemed worn out were the MD-90 and MD-88's no biggie they're all short flights. As everyone probably noticed I managed to get a lot of good shots, some even rare I was pretty lucky. If you think these shots are good wait til you see the shots I got from LAX-RNO trip (Part 3).
One other tidbit me and my wife noticed that the DL Terminal at LAX was a horrible there was garbage left on the floor, and the carpets were really dirty, and stained especially around gates 58A & 59A where we de-boarded and waited for our next flight.
Overall I was very impressed by DL I would fly them again. On a scale of 1-10 I give DL a 8. I might even consider flying to HNL with my wife on DL. I manages to earn over 5300 sky Miles this vacation each.
Here is my web album if you're interested in checking out all the places me and my family visited on the East Coast there are also many more pics there and more pics from DL flights that I didn't have room on the A.net trip reports that are on that web album. http://picasaweb.google.com/Mike89406
9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 747 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7128 times:
Great trip report. Yes, the B764 are great aircraft with the B777 style interiors. It is powered by GE CF6-80 engines. The LAX DL terminal is really bad, they haven't worked on it for a long time, but maybe with the continuing expansion, they will do something to improve it!
According to your flight track, you went over ABQ, so I would lean toward that.
You never know...they went over AMA too
Interesting...the only reason I had thought EL Paso is another person said the ATL-LAX flights fly further south than I had thought because I was hoping to get shots of the Grand Canyon he said if I was on a ATL-SFO flight i might see it.
If we did fly over the Canyon it was already covered with thunderstorms and heavy clouds so I couldn't see it anyways. However the Flight Tracker makes it clear we were farther North than I presumed.
Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1335 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6508 times:
Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2): Or do by again you mean it was the same as the SLC-DCA flight? Still more food than many other US legacies (AA, UA, US, NW).
Yes, I recieved a Snack pack like SLC-DCA and a choice later of the 5 snack selections which they walked around and handed them out. I choose Sunchips. So 1 snack pack on this 4+ hr flight and one final snack & beverage service.
The cheese and crackers weren't bad in the snack pack.
Tell me about it. UA had no snacks (not even peanuts) on any 2-3 hr flights I have taken.
SkyHigh777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 371 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6185 times:
I'm flying DCA-ATL-LAX-LAS in November and I was assigned the exact same seat you had, seat 18 G. I'm really excited to fly the 764 for the first time, glad to see you had a good experience with DL! I'm flyijng them back from LAS-ATL-BWI in First Class so hopefully I can write up a trip report for that. Thanks for sharing!
Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1335 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6142 times:
Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 17): I'm flying DCA-ATL-LAX-LAS in November and I was assigned the exact same seat you had, seat 18 G. I'm really excited to fly the 764 for the first time, glad to see you had a good experience with DL! I'm flyijng them back from LAS-ATL-BWI in First Class so hopefully I can write up a trip report for that. Thanks for sharing!
It was a great seat as evidenced by my pictures I was the 2nd row back from the dividing wall were also right behind the lavatories. Too bad I didnt get 17G with all the legroom however I felt like I had plenty of room to move around. BTW enjoy you're trip. Las Vegas is a 6 hr drive from me I should take another trip down soon.
I'm scheduled to fly on the 763, I'm hoping it's the international Config with the new Business Elite. I thought they were upgrading all the 764 to be fitted with PTV's...but I guess that isn't happening.
Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1335 posts, RR: 3 Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6113 times:
I seem to remember there being a thread in the last couple months stating that DL 764's are gradually being re-configured to Int'l configuration and it will be a gradual process I'm assuming that includes the newly configured 764's but those flights will mostly go to Int'l destinations. Its supposed to take about 2 yrs or so, and there are supposed to be more 764's flying overseas if I'm not mistaken.
WN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5733 times:
I liked this tr just slightly more because you were flying into my home airport, LAX. But like your other tr, i loved the pics, and this time even more because none of the pics were hazy. So for both tr's, very good job.
Judas Priest North American tour in '08 . . . cannot wait!!!
Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1335 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5632 times:
Quoting WN230 (Reply 23): But like your other tr, i loved the pics, and this time even more because none of the pics were hazy.
If the window wasn't so dirty on the outside I could've got some really great shots of DC. A couple of the shots had really great potential and they looked photogenic even with the dirt, but the fog, haze and humidity in SLC was horrible that day not to mention it was a little hazy when I started to descend Upon DC.
Its not like I have a crappy digital camera Its a top pf the line Canon with 7.1 Megapixels that the salesman highly recommended at Best Buy becuase I was looking for quality.